Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association
Cedar Valley Connections

Issue 119
November 16, 2015
Dear Nonprofit Supporter,
Welcome to Cedar Valley Connections, a newsletter to connect the leaders of the nonprofit sector. 

Veridian Credit Union's Inclusion efforts Presentation...

When:  Monday, November 23, 2015
Where: Philanthropy Center (425 Cedar Street, Waterloo US Bank Building)
Time:   8:00 - 9:30 a.m.
Cost:    Free to CVNA members:  $25 non-members

 Member Showcase:  Veridian Credit Union's Inclusion efforts

If you attended Dr. Mark Grey's presentation in October, you know that the Cedar Valley is facing rapid demographic changes.  You also know that determining how to respond to these changes can be challenging.  

During this presentation, you'll learn how one Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association member - Veridian Credit Union - has worked to become a more inclusive organization.    Veridian will describe their philosophy and their efforts.  They'll also field questions from other nonprofits.

We hope to see you at this session.  If your organization would like to showcase an effort or an initiative, please  click here.
Legislative Forum...

When:  Friday, December 4, 2015
Where: Philanthropy Center (425 Cedar Street,               Waterloo US Bank Building)
Time:   8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Cost:    Free to CVNA members:  $25 non-members

Please join us on Friday, December 4th for our 4th annual Legislative forum.  This year's moderator will be Julianne Gassman, PhD, CNP - University of Northern Iowa.  If you have specific concerns or questions, please email Julianne prior to the event. 

This is a great avenue for you to have your voice heard and is offered to all Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association members.  If space is available, we will open up registration for non-members. The charge for non-members will be $25. Please click here to register for this great forum.  Deadline to register is December 2nd at noon.  
Great News For Grant Gurus...

Next year the Grantsmanship Center plans to host a training in Des Moines

What:  Grantsmanship Training Program
Where: Des Moines, IA
When:  May 2 - 6, 2016

The "gold standard." Interactive and dynamic. The training of choice for nonprofit, academic and government agencies! This course is about grant thinking-the most critical part of the entire grant proposal writing process. But this is no quiet, abstract, strictly cerebral scene. We use Listen & Discuss, Do & Review our trademarked curriculum where you join in and connect the learning with what you care about most.  Work with colleagues in a supportive and energetic team. Experience how good planning leads to good proposal writing. Every class covers the same in-depth curriculum, while also customized to fit the group's needs. No cookie-cutters. No canned "grant writing." Our trainers bring their decades of experience to help you explain what your organization does and why it deserves funding.
You'll use The Grantsmanship Center's 8-point Logic Model that has become the industry standard. You'll leave equipped with real experience plus copies of all team proposals created and reviewed in class. Expand your skills with grant proposal thinking and grant proposal writing that lead to grant success!

Training Hours
Class begins at 8:30 AM each day and ends by 5:30 PM, except Fridays when class ends at 1 PM.
On Wednesdays, groups have the option to work until 7 PM.
Tuition for this training is $995.  Save $100! Register and pay by March 21 for Early-bird Discount and pay only $895! (Only one discount allowed per registration.) For groups, call us about qualifying for discounts: (800) 421-9512. 

For more information, please visit their web-site directly.
CVNA Member Spotlight...

Mission: The Cedar Falls Community Schools Foundation was established to enhance "A Tradition of Excellence" and support the Cedar Falls Community School District by generating resources and advocating for quality public education.

It is critically important for the Cedar Falls School District to broaden the base of its support in order to fund vital educational programs, expand cultural enrichment opportunities, and provide the equipment and facilities necessary to meet the growing needs of our students and the community. The Cedar Falls Community Schools Foundation is an Iowa nonprofit corporation for the sole benefit of the Cedar Falls Community School District and is exempt from federal income taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

There is so much information to post so to read more on this great agency and how you can become more involved, please visit their web-site.

Cedar Falls Community Schools Foundation has been a member of the CVNA since 2012 -- thank you for your continued support!
Community Events...

Please join us for Trivia Night

When:  Thursday, November 19, 2015
Time:    6:30 pm (doors open at 6:00 pm_
Where: UAW 838 (Near LaPorte Road and Mitchell Avenue)
Cost:    $20.00 per Individual or Teams of 6 $100

Test your knowledge of everything or anything by answering questions. Prizes and desserts available.  Please click here for full details.  To register, call 319-234-7600 or email Anesa@fccouncil.net.
CVNA Sharing Corner...


It's hard to believe that #GivingTuesday is just 3 weeks away and there are just 51 days left in 2015! Time flies when you're having fun with fundraising, right? This week you need to make sure your donation experience is ready to go. Try these tips:
There's still time to create great #GivingTuesday campaign, and we are making it easier than ever. Become a Network for Good client by November 25, you'll get a free extra campaign page to dedicate to #GivingTuesday, along with free campaign images, page content, and appeal templates. Plus, you can earn customer-exclusive matching funds and cash prizes.  Chat with one of our fundraising consultants this week to learn how easy it is to get started.
State Representatives News Updates...

Please  click here   for the most updated information from Bob Kressig

Please click here for the most updated information from Sandy Salmon

Please click here  for the most updated information from Walt Rogers

Please click here  for most updated information from Jeff Danielson

Please click here for the most updated information from William Dotzler

Please  click here for the most updated information from Bill Dix

Please click here for the most updated information on Timmy Brown Powers


Have you renewed and joined yet?  Don't miss out on our upcoming programs and networking opportunities!


 In our first two years we have: (continually being updated)
  • 63 member organizations
  • 6 investors
  • 1 corporate sponsor
  • 973 program registrations
  • 61 hours of programming
  • 119 e-newsletters
  • Grant Gurus workshops
  • 109 jobs advertised
  • 20+ organizations connected with 50 UNI students 
  • added additional educational training workshops to our members
  • won the "Gift of the Heart Innovation" award in 2013
Check out the other benefits of membership HERE If you are interested in joining CVNA, you can access our application form online HERE

If you have any questions, please email CVNA Coordinator at 
Share your good news with the CVNA and be featured in future e-newsletters.   Have you implemented an innovative idea?  Are you hiring?  Have you created or updated your website?  Are you hosting an event?   Let the CVNA spread the word. 

To submit an item for the next newsletter, click on the
submit news page.  Please note that only member organizations who have submitted membership applications may post items.  The newsletter is published every two weeks.




CVNA Meeting Dates
CVNA is pleased to announce the topics of our upcoming education events for the year ahead: 2015
  • November 23rd -  Veridian Credit Union's Inclusion efforts
  • December 4th - Legislative Forum
  • January TBA - Strength Finders
  • January 22nd - Grant Gurus
  • February 4th - Tech & Fundraising
  • February 29 - Explor-A-Ganza
  • March TBA - Explor=A=Ganza
  • April 6th - NP Leadership Alliance Luncheon
  • April 7th - Nonprofit Branding
  • April 28th - Grant Gurus
  • June 2nd - Culture
  • June 23rd - Grant Gurus
  • August 4th - Grant writing
  • September TBA - Story Telling
  • September 22nd - Grant Gurus
  • October 6 -  Finance
  • December 2nd - Legislative Forum
For the most updated information please visit our resources section and stay tuned to our web-site for additional information.
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